In a July 2023 article, The Financial Times inspects low-productivity in the UK workers drawing comparisons with equivalent workers in the US, Germany and France. According to Office for National Statistics in July, output per hour worked was 0.6% above its pre-pandemic 2019 average in the first quarter of 2023. These levels trail progress seen from 1970s to 2008.

Since 2008, UK productivity has grown 0.4% annually (the 25 leading OECD countries are near 1%, on average).

The article includes efforts to champion leadership training by Chris Mayne of Forsberg. Mandy Ridyard, co-owner and finance director of aerospace components company Produmax provides another case study. Bart van Ar of the Productivity Institute, points out that low investment in management training, leadership and innovation causes a "just trying to get by" approach.